Friday, July 24, 2015

Homage in Catalonia

A few years back Nicole Kidman pranced as Martha Gelhorn before Clive Owen's Ernest Hemingway in a made for HBO movie

but in real life she was wearing a black dress that day...and the next day too when she returned at the very same time, to chat up Papa. Her wardrobe is the least of the inaccuracies in the movie. To which, the antidote is Stephen Koch's the breaking point: HEMINGWAY, DOS PASSOS, AND THE MURDER OF JOSE ROBLES.

A large portion of the action in the movie takes place in Spain during the 1936-39 Civil War. Which still resonates there;
Spanish monarchists outraged at the removal of a bust of their ex-king from Barcelona city hall hit back Friday by putting a portrait of his successor Felipe VI in its place.
The new left-wing mayor Ada Colau had the bust of former King Juan Carlos taken down on Thursday in the debating chamber in a gesture of republicanism that fed into high political tensions between Barcelona and Madrid.
Did the earth just move?

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